AGENDA: DAY SEVEN Creating Groups Course Tools Blogs Wikis Group Discussion Board Journals Tasks Skype
ONLINE COLLABORATION: GROUPS Overview Bb offers a variety of group tools that give students a way to share their ideas with each other. To access these tools, students need to be placed in groups. The groups creation tool is illustrated in the following slides.
ONLINE COLLABORATION: GROUPS The first image is the list of sign up sheets that students see when they are choosing groups. The second image is a list of all the group tools.
ONLINE COLLABORATION: GROUPS These two slides show all of the options you have in creating groups. To prevent confusion, it might be best to limit the number of tools each group can access.
COURSE TOOLS AND GROUPSStudents access the tools added to the Group Homepage under Group Tools.Only the Instructor and the Group members can access tools enabled for theGroup, with the exception of comments in the Group Blog and Group Wikitools.Group Blogs and Wikis are visible to all Course members when the tools areaccessed on the Tools page.
COURSE TOOLS ANDGROUPS the tools added to the Group Students access Homepage under Group Tools or My Tools.
BLOGSAbout Blogs Blog is a shorthand term that means Web log. On the Internet, a Blog is usually an online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. In Blackboard, only enrolled users can view and author Blogs. Blogs address the need to expand various aspects of social learning. Blogs provide a way to share the knowledge and materials collected.
BLOGS In Blackboard, Blogs consist of two elements: Blog entries: Text, images, links, multimedia, and attachments added by Course members open for comments. Comments: Remarks or responses to Blog entries made by other Course members, including the Instructor.
BLOGSYOU CAN ALLOW STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN BLOGS IN THREEWAYS: Course Blogs: Created by the instructor.. All Course members can add Blog entries and add comments to Blog entries. Individual Blogs: Created by the instructor for individual students. Only the owner of the Blog is able to add Blog entries. All other Course members can view and add comments. Group Blogs: The instructor enables the Blogs tool for the Group; all Group members can add Blog entries and make comments on Blog entries, building upon one another. Any Course member can view Group Blogs, but can only add comments. A Group Blog is different from a threaded discussion as each entry does not need to continue the discussion of the previous entry, but can be a complete thought on its own. The Instructor can edit and delete entries in any of the three Blog
WIKISThink of a Wiki as a bulletin board. All the students in aGroup are able to work on the Wiki to add or alter thecontent.Wiki pages can be created and edited quickly, and you cantrack changes and additions, allowing you to measure howeffective the collaboration has been between the multiplewriters of the Wiki.You can create one or more Wikis for all Course membersto contribute to or Wikis for specific Groups to use tocollaborate. Wikis can also be used to record information and serve asa repository for course information and knowledge—like astudent created course glossary.
WIKIS: GRADINGYou have the capability of viewing all changes to allpages in the Wiki. You can choose to see an overviewof the changes or drill down to retrieve information aboutthe development and contributions for any individual.Once a Wiki is set to be graded, a grade column isautomatically created in the Grade Center. Then,individual Student and Group contributions can begraded inside the Wikis tool, where all pages and editscan be referenced, as the grade is determined.
WIKIS: GRADINGOnce a Wiki is set to be graded, agrade column is automaticallycreated in the Grade Center.Then, individual Student and Groupcontributions can be graded insidethe Wikis tool, where all pages andedits can be referenced, as thegrade is determined.
WIKIS: GRADING You can view all changes to all pages in a Wiki. The changes can be viewed at a high level and you can drill down to retrieve information about the development and contributions for any individual.Student contributions toa Wiki can be assigneda grade or can be usedsolely for coursecontent review.
GROUP DISCUSSION BOARDThe Group Discussion Boarddiffers from the CourseDiscussion Board because onlymembers of a Group can accessthe Group Discussion Board.Group members can accesstheir Discussion Board throughthe My Group area below theCourse Menu.You might also consider adding aGroups button on the CourseMenu (by adding a Course Linkto the Course Menu).
STUDENT ACCESS TO GROUPSIf you choose to use avariety of collaborativetools, you may want to setup a Groups area either onyour Course main page oras a button on the CourseMenu.
JOURNALSJournals are typically private—either belonging to asingle student or to a Group. While Journals can bemade public, the purpose is for reflection on a topicrather than on sharing research or ideas with theentire class.Group Journals can be used to allow users within aGroup can share their thoughts with each other andcommunicate with the Instructor.
GRADING GROUP JOURNALS ANDBLOGS CREATE A GRADABLE GROUP BLOG While creating a Course Group or editing an existing Course Group, select the Blogs or Journals tool. Select Grade and type a number in the Points possible text box. You can grade the quality of the discussion, as well as the number of entries and comments that are made by an individual or a whole Course Group. Grades for Blogs and Journals can be changed, deleted, reverted, and overridden just like other grades in the Grade Center.
GRADING GROUP JOURNALS ANDBLOGSGRADABLE GROUP BLOG CREATE A You can assign a grade to a Group Blog but not include it in Grade Center calculations. You can grade on the Blog page with a side panel where entries are graded for individuals and Course Groups. The side panel consists of three sections which expand to four when grading begins: About this Blog: Includes type, number of entries, and number of comments. Blog Grade: Enter grade for Group or individual student along with Feedback or Grading Notes Previous User and Next User let you navigate among users to grade (or click a users name in the list). View Entries by: Users who have submitted one or more entries appear with exclamation marks, the needs grading icon. Click a users name to access the Index: For a selected user or all Course members, view a list of entry titles added during the index span—by month or by week.*Note: All Group members receive the same grade, but you can edit individual grades in GradeCenter.
GROUP TASKSEncourage students to use the Group Tasks function tocreate a plan for group projects.Tasks can be assignedspecific due dates andpriorities.Students in a Groupcan set the Task inmotion or alter thestatus.
SKYPE 10 WAYS TO USE SKYPE IN YOUR ONLINE CLASS http://www.informationtechnol ogyschools.org/blog/2010/10- ways-to-use-skype-in-online- classes/ Videoconferencing Student Presentations Tutoring Classroom Discussions Live Lectures Announcements Guest Lectures Oral Examinations Global Projects Virtual Fieldtrips
AFTERNOON SESSION AGENDA Create Groups Create a Blog Create a Wiki Create a Journal for individual students and for a Group Create a Group Task Create a Skype account